MERCER - Lt. Col. Robert "Bob" Crowley, 51, died Sunday, April 13, at Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan. He was born March 29, 1963 in Boynton Beach, Fla., to Henry D. and Elisabeth (Fuchs) Crowley.
Bob matriculated from the University of Maine at Orono, where he had an illustrious Division I career as a four-year varsity letterman for the University of Maine Black Bears football team. He graduated from St. Thomas University with a Juris Doctor of Law degree. He was a member of the Maine Bar Association. Bob practiced law for four years before obtaining his dream of becoming a Judge Advocate General for the Maine Air National Guard. He founded the Maine Wounded Warriors Project and dedicated his life to helping Maine soldiers. Bob touched the lives of many people including, but not limited to, his family. He is survived by his wife and best friend of 23 years, Susan Crowley; his two sons who were the joy of his life, Senior Airman Benjamin Crowley and Patrick Crowley; his parents, Henry and Elisabeth Crowley; his brothers, Dr. Henry "Hank" Crowley Jr., and family, and Michael Crowley and daughters; sisters Dr. Kate Crowley and spouse, and Eileen Crowley; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, colleagues and especially his cherished and honored military brethren.
Bob was a dedicated member of St Sebastian Catholic Church in Madison, where he taught catechesis to junior high and high school students for many years sharing his faith with them as well as those whom he came in contact with. He fought a long and courageous battle with a lengthy illness.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. April 24, 2014, at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Madison. Bob will be laid to rest at the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Annual Wounded Warriors Shoot Out, a program created by Lt. Col. Bob Crowley to honor those wounded veterans who served our country. Contributions should be payable to the Williams Gun Range and forwarded c/o Andy Williams, 636 River Road, North Anson, ME 04958.
Arrangements are under the care of Giberson Funeral Home, 40 Maple St., Madison.